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This Happened—November 26: Terror Strikes Mumbai

The city of Mumbai would suffer a coordinated terrorist attack carried out by Pakistani Islamist extremists on multiple targets, killing 166 people.

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What were the Mumbai Terror Attacks?

Now known as 26/11, the 2008 Mumbai attacks were a series of 12 coordinated shootings and bombings carried out by 10 Pakistani Islamist extremists in the Indian city of Mumbai. The terrorists targeted taxis, cafes, hotels, a train station, and a Jewish Chabad house killing 166 people. Nine of the gunmen were killed during the attacks Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman, was executed in November 2012.

Who was responsible for the Mumbai Terror Attacks?

An investigation revealed that the attacks were originally planned to take place in 2006 using Indian terrorists, before their weapons cache was ceized, foiling their plan. With the assistance of three Pakistani military officers, a group of 10 Pakistani men in a group called Lashkar-e-Taiba revived the plan and carried out the attacks in 2008.

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The Rail War: How Belarusians Are Secretly Fighting Putin And Lukashenko

It remains unclear whether Belarus' strongman Alexander Lukashenko will join Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Yet as popular support for the war remains low, many in the country are actively fighting back by sabotaging the rail network.

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Railway tracks in Belarus

Anna Akage

On March 24, exactly one month after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Vitaly Melnik set fire to trackside railway electrical cabinets, resulting in massive delays for 22 freight and 17 passenger trains. Earlier this month, a regional court in Belarus convicted Melnik, a 40-year-old man from Minsk, to 13 years in a maximum security colony.

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Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Melnik had also "posted negative messages on the Internet about [Belarusian President] Alexander Lukashenko," announced the prosecutor.

On Dec. 27, three other Belarusian citizens were sentenced to prison for terms of 21 to 23 years. Their crime? Trying to prevent the transportation of military equipment to Ukraine during the early days of the Russian invasion.

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